Do you know the difference between folate and folic acid? There is is a vast difference between these two nutrients. Folate is naturally found in food, and carries with it no known downside. Folic acid, on the other hand, a synthesized compound, carries with it potential serious health risks. As folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England, said in the Prevention magazine article which triggered public concern over this B vitamin, “Unlike folate, folic acid isn’t found in nature, so we don’t know the effect of the excess.”
At Designs for Health we fully understand and appreciate the critical roles in regard to health that folates play, including facilitating proper methylation for optimal genetic expression, and lowering the risk of neural tube defects and cardiovascular disease, both associated with elevated homocysteine levels. We, thus, encourage the addition of folate-containing foods as part of a healthy diet.
Important sources of folate
- leafy green vegetables
- dairy products
- orange juice
However, it is often difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts of many nutrients strictly through the diet, which is where supplementation steps in.